“He has such ability on the ball”
Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Fabio Carvalho is mature enough to cement his place in Liverpool’s first team next season.
Carvalho is one of three players Liverpool have signed during the current transfer window. He put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Reds, with Fulham pocket initial sum of £5m of its sale.
Having started his senior career at Craven Cottage, the striker has logged just 255 minutes of Premier League football. Despite their lack of top-flight experience, Jurgen Klopp’s side don’t intend to send him out on loan this summer.
Robinson is also of the opinion that Carvalho doesn’t need to spend time on loan to be ready to play for Liverpool. After being impressed with the 19-year-old’s ability on the ball, the former Tottenham Hotspur star expects him to be an integral part of the Reds squad next season. He said Football Insider:
“He is still very young. Klopp has shown that he is not afraid to integrate these youngsters, so I expect him to have a chance next season.”
“I’m a big fan of using the loan system because it gives players a great base, but I don’t think that’s what Carvalho needs. He’s had a full season in the league. He’s very well done.”
“I think this season will have transformed him from a boy into a man. It will have matured him. I think he will be an integral part of the team this season. He is so good going forward.”
“He has such ability on the ball. I think Klopp will use him. He will be a great addition to this Liverpool team.”
While Klopp is delighted to work with Carvalho, he admitted he was undecided on the player’s best role.
How did Liverpool’s new boy fare for Fulham last season?
Carvalho came through the Fulham ranks before making his senior debut for them in 2020. He then enjoyed his breakthrough campaign with the Cottagers in the Championship last season.
The Portugal Under-21 international has made 38 appearances in all competitions for Marco Silva’s side. He found the back of the net 11 times and provided eight assists for his teammates in those games.
Carvalho played a key role in promoting the Premier League as Championship winners last season. He now hopes to establish himself as a regular in Klopp’s Premier League side.